By David Hallberg
Beginning along with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred via excessive bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s courageous memoir dives deep into existence as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the boundaries of his physique, and searches for ecstatic perfection and achievement as one of many world’s so much acclaimed ballet dancers.
While wealthy intimately ballet lovers will adore, it is a publication that anybody drawn to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on topics like suggestion, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he's taking readers into day-by-day category, rigorous rehearsals, and positive performances, looking for new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the USA to affix the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he needed to tame as a brand new member of yankee Ballet Theatre, and the explanations in the back of his headline-grabbing determination to be the 1st American to hitch the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by means of the inventive director who could later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played in the course of the international on the height of his skills, he suffered a crippling ankle harm and unsuccessful surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a decent reexamination of his complete life.
Combining his powers of commentary and reminiscence with emotional honesty and creative perception, Hallberg has written an excellent ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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